Posted at: 11/16/2012 6:18 PM
Updated at: 11/16/2012 11:28 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
GLENS FALLS - He's just 5-years old. His name is Gary Carpenter III. He's described as a loveable little boy who loves to play.
But tonight, he's clinging to life in critical condition at Albany Medical Center. The victim of an angry attack, that police say came at the hands of the boy's mother's boyfriend.
The alleged attacker is Brandon Warrington. He's 24-years old and no stranger to police. According to The Post-Star, Warrington has been convicted of possessing drugs, stolen property and attempted reckless endangerment for hitting someone with a car.
But nothing like what he's accused of now.
When police arrived at 5 Mission Street, they found little Gary unconscious, twitching, with blue lips and massive swelling to his forehead.
"It was pretty easily determined that the child had been assaulted. He was rushed to Glens Falls Hospital and then airlifted down to Albany Med," said Chief Will Valenza of the Glens Falls Police Department.
According to court documents, Warrington pulled the child's feet out from under him causing him to hit his head on the ground. Then he's accused of shoving him and causing his head to hit the ground again.
Police say Warrington was angry because the child wouldn't stop crying.
"It's disturbing even to the police who are handling it," said Valenza.
What's perhaps more disturbing say police is that Gary's mother failed to seek immediate medical care for him.
23-year-old Jennie Mattison is charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree.
At Crandall Park Friday night, candle lights flickered in the wind, the intent was to make sure hope overshadowed hopelessness. The hope is that by telling the story of little Gary, it raises awareness of the prevalence of child abuse.
"I want to get it out there that there is no need for child abuse or neglect or anything like that," says Jennifer Monteleone, a family friend, who organized the vigil. "If you need help, there is help out there for you."
Little Gary, nicknamed "Little Wolfy" because his father is called "Wolfy", was found unconscious and twitching, with blue lips and massive facial bleeding, inside his home at 5 Mission Street.
"It was pretty easy to determine that the child was a victim of an assault," said Glens Falls Police Chief Will Valenza.
24-year old Brandon Warrington, the mother's boyfriend, has been charged with the assault. Police say he was trying to stop the child from crying.
The child's mother, 23-year old Jennie Mattison, is charged with reckless endangerment, for allegedly waiting more than half an hour before calling for help.
"There's a lot of words but the only one I can really think of is: disgusting," said Jesi Whitney, a family friend, while attending the vigil. "It's heartbreaking, it's unfair, and there's nothing in the world that would have made that little boy deserve that."
At Crandall Park, music played on at the vigil, candles burned, and people wept. A family member delivered from the hospital Gary's little hand prints and foot prints so that people, some of them total strangers, could sign them and share their grief.
"Now that he's in a better place, you know that God will love and nurture him but it still doesn't make it any better," said Tobey Fuller, a friend of the child's father, while attending the vigil.
Four children die every day in the United States because of child abuse. Three-quarters of them are under the age of five. Forty percent never make it to their first birthday.
Both Brandon Warrington and Jennie Mattison were still at the Warren County Jail Friday night, unable to make bail.
If the child doesn't survive, District Attorney Kate Hogan says charges will be upgraded.